Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump in 'tough' Nato, EU talks

Trump in 'tough' Nato, EU talks

In January, May was the first world leader to visit the White House after Trump took office.

"These grave security concerns are the same reason that I have been very, very direct with [NATO] Secretary [General Jens] Stoltenberg and members of the alliance in saying that NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations".

That's no small feat.

In return they are hoping for a public display of commitment from Trump to Article 5, the alliance's one-for-all collective defence pledge.

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So to remember the good old days of Trump's first foreign trip, we created the video above: Trump's first foreign trip, getting "The Wonder Years" treatment.

As a presidential candidate, Trump railed against NATO's financial burden-sharing, suggesting the USA might only come to the defence of countries that meet the alliance's guidelines - for committing 2 percent of their gross domestic product to military spending.

Standing beside Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels, Trump blasted the almost two-dozen member countries that have not met their "financial obligations" to increase defense spending to 2% of GDP.

"If NATO countries made their full and complete contributions, then NATO would be even stronger than it is today, especially from the threat of terrorism", Trump said.

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President Donald Trump opened meetings with European Union leaders yesterday against the backdrop of striking anger from Britain over intelligence leaks and a decision by Manchester police to withhold information from the United States about the investigation into this week's bombing.

The 28 member nations, plus soon-to-join Montenegro, were to renew a previous commitment to move toward spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024.

Trump and his aides have long complained about "leakers" they think are trying to undermine his presidency. "Major mistake", former US ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns wrote on Twitter. The summit marks Trump's final stop on a maiden global trip that began in Saudi Arabia and Israel, where the president was warmly embraced by the countries' leaders. In a written statement, Trump called the alleged leaks "deeply troubling" and said he was asking the Justice Department and other agencies to review the matter. Although when it comes to the conflict in Ukraine it seems that we were on the same line", Mr. Tusk commented following the meeting and added that "my main message to President Trump is that what gives our cooperation and friendship its deepest meaning are fundamental western values like freedom, human rights, respect for human dignity.

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